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Thread: Appliqued block letters??

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    Appliqued block letters??

    I am struggling. I'm trying to applique block letters onto my grandson's quilt and am having a heck of a time getting them done. Tried just turning the edges down and hand stitching. What a mess?
    Tried stitching interfacing on the back and turning to the right side. Well, I got those letters backwards! It was just not my day -- and I think the letters are too small. I've looked several places for patterns, but can't find just simple block letters that would be about 4 or 5 inches tall. Any ideas would be so appreciated. Gail
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    I do applique regularly, but would suggest piecing them. Pieced block letter patterns are available in many places. Use your search engine. Coloring pages probably have them. I use QuiltPro, which has them. What letters do you need?
    Learning to use mirror images can be a real pain.

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    Do you have Microsoft Word or another word processing program on your computer? I type what I want into Word and enlarge the font. You can go higher than the font size listed, just highlight the letters and size at the top and type in higher numbers. On my pc, 460 size font is about 4". You type the letters you need, print them out. Hold up to a window or light box and trace the fusible using the back side of the letters. When you fuse them, they will be right side up.

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    Agree to use your computer and look for a font that will work for applique. Pick one that is not too fancy with a lot of serifs (the "feet" at the tops and bottoms of the letters). Otherwise you'll have a lot of extra corners to deal with. Try a sample with a raw edge applique method, satin stitch or buttonhole stitch. Use the fusible backing or try a glue stick for paper. Be sure to put something under your stitching area so the threads don't bunch. You don't have to use one of the expensive products unless you want to. I use tissue paper like you use for wrapping presents. I know some use paper towels. If you've not done satin stitch before, look for a tutorial online. There's some small tricks about turning corners/curves and where to stop with the needle down that will make your project smoother.

    Here's a link to free tutorials on applique at Connecting Threads. http://www.connectingthreads.com/tut...tutorials.html

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    I just looked up alphabet coloring pages and found several suitable choices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825 View Post
    ... enlarge the font. You can go higher than the font size listed, just highlight the letters and size at the top and type in higher numbers. On my pc, 460 size font is about 4"....
    i did not know you could go bigger... thanks!
    Nancy in western NY

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    I use wonderunder and machine appliqué my letters down. I bought a set of the cardboard Alphabet letters from Staples that I use. They are the 3 inch ones for Teachers? I flip them over to trace around them on the paper side of the wonderunder, cut them out and fuse them down. Bonnie Hunter's friend Tanya has a book for doing free form pieced letters. It might be available at www.quiltville.com.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QM View Post
    I do applique regularly, but would suggest piecing them. Pieced block letter patterns are available in many places. Use your search engine. Coloring pages probably have them. I use QuiltPro, which has them. What letters do you need?
    Learning to use mirror images can be a real pain.
    I need CHS, NHS, and ULL- - so the letters are C,H,S,N,U,and L. I never thought about coloring pages. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825 View Post
    Do you have Microsoft Word or another word processing program on your computer? I type what I want into Word and enlarge the font. You can go higher than the font size listed, just highlight the letters and size at the top and type in higher numbers. On my pc, 460 size font is about 4". You type the letters you need, print them out. Hold up to a window or light box and trace the fusible using the back side of the letters. When you fuse them, they will be right side up.
    I have Microsoft Word. I didn't know about getting the font larger than the largest font size given. Thanks. I will try that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teacup View Post
    Agree to use your computer and look for a font that will work for applique. Pick one that is not too fancy with a lot of serifs (the "feet" at the tops and bottoms of the letters). Otherwise you'll have a lot of extra corners to deal with. Try a sample with a raw edge applique method, satin stitch or buttonhole stitch. Use the fusible backing or try a glue stick for paper. Be sure to put something under your stitching area so the threads don't bunch. You don't have to use one of the expensive products unless you want to. I use tissue paper like you use for wrapping presents. I know some use paper towels. If you've not done satin stitch before, look for a tutorial online. There's some small tricks about turning corners/curves and where to stop with the needle down that will make your project smoother.

    Here's a link to free tutorials on applique at Connecting Threads. http://www.connectingthreads.com/tut...tutorials.html
    Thanks for the good advice. My quilt is already made and quilted. I wanted the applique above the quilting (didn't want the machine stitching to go through the appliques nor did I want to stop and start everytime I reached a letter or other applique. (Call me lazy) So the pieces will need to be appliqued by hand. And yes, I do want a simple block letter about 4 or 5 inches tall.
    One step at a time, always forward.

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